After a Volcano’s Ancient Supereruption, Humanity May Have Thrived

Some said the Toba volcano’s explosion brought humanity to the brink of extinction 74,000 years ago, but archaeological evidence from South Africa challenges the idea.

Comments: 7

  1. Depends.

    After a natural disaster wipe out large numbers of species, the surviving species often do experience a blossoming into many new species.

    If an asteroid had not wiped out most dinosaur species, the evolution of many new mammal species would not have occurred.

    However, in the short term (i.e., for the first several thousands of years after the disaster), most humans probably suffer or die.

  2. Would be curious to know how an eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano equivalent in size and dimension of the Huckleberry Ridge explosion, 2.1 million years ago, would impact the planet today.

  3. Just because humans thrived in East Africa hardly means they thrived anywhere else. In fact, the Toba Hypothesis plainly insists the humans did survive in Africa. And no volcanic winter? Core samples taken on the sea floor and in the ice sheets of Greenland show a significant worldwide temperature drop.

  4. Just gotta hope Mt. Trump stays dormant for another three years.

  5. Who knows? Anybody's guess? Wouldn't want to be near one of these calamaties, for sure.

  6. Very interesting findings, but even if correct we might not be so resilient with a global human population in the billions.

  7. An example of scientific study--hypothesis, evidence, new hypothesis. The examination, time and time again, of what we believe to be "the truth." How our knowledge advances, our information is tested, and we move forward (or backward) again and again.

    There is no dogma but rational investigation of evidence, by patient minds working tirelessly. I love it.